North Central College - Naperville, IL
Exercise Science major

“The possibilities are endless with a degree in exercise science,” says Nick. “There are jobs in the field of human sport specialist, strength trainer, injury specialist, speed trainer and sports performance trainer.”

A star wide receiver/running back on North Central’s football team, Nick completed internships at professional training facilities, a summer job as a sports performance trainer and working one-on-one with professional athletes. “North Central’s faculty opened doors and made connections for me,” he says. “I trained football players near my hometown in Florida. One guy was with an NFL team and hired me to work with him.”

His dream job? “To open up my own facilities for strength and training or higher-level athletics and injury prevention. But I also want to work with high school kids, helping any way I can.”

His next step is certification. “North Central’s program helps you identify which certifications are important. I’m preparing for the best, the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.”